. Is there any other place to recommend or to take away (maybe too industrialised,...)?
You may derive some benefit from looking at my Belgian friends' website:
http://www.ping.be/travelspot/ They have visited many places in Asia and
they have a page devoted to their travels in China (great photos). They
also have some great travel links, many of which are devoted to China.
There is also a link to Jan &Ayse's e-mail, so you can ask them questions
about some of your concerns.
Hope this helps!
Laura in Indianapolis